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Gina Chon, a Wall Street Journal reporter, could be the name to spark the downfall of Brett McGurk, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next ambassador to Iraq. Chon and McGurk allegedly had an extended affair four years ago in Baghdad, Iraq, according to reports out this week.
The alleged affair with Chon was supposedly revealed by intimate and graphic emails published online on the Flikr site of an anonymous user named Diplojoke earlier this week.
McGurk, who served as a senior National Security Council official and the lead negotiator of the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement in 2008, was married to someone else at the time of the affair, but he has since divorced that woman and is now married to none other than Chon.
The affair is reportedly set to damage the nomination of McGurk to be the next U.S. ambassador to Iraq, and it has already been reported across various media sources that opposition has been growing in the Senate since the allegations were revealed.
To add more weight to McGurk's collapsing nomination, there are reports that there may even be a videotape of him engaged in a sex act on the roof of Saddam Hussein's Republican Palace.
McGurk and Chon have both kept quiet since the allegations were revealed and have yet to release any official response.
Sen. James Inhofe's spokesman, Jared Young, has reported to The Cable: "The senator always prefers to meet with nominees personally before giving his support. In regards to this nominee, Senator Inhofe has heard some concerning issues, and until those issues are cleared up, he will not meet with Mr. McGurk."
In 2006, he married advertising manager Caroline Wong. However, in 2008, McGurk was a special assistant to George W. Bush and an adviser to the NSC on Iraq. At that same time Gina Chon was an Iraq correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. If the emails released are authentic then they would clearly indicate that while Chon used McGurk as a source in her writing while in Iraq, the pair was also romantically involved.